A 123-year-old golf club is appealing for donations to keep the business afloat during the coronavirus crisis.

St Idloes Golf Club says all activity, functions, parties and event have been cancelled leaving it in an “extremely difficult” situation.

It has launched an online fundraising page to raise up to £15,000.

In a statement, the club said: “As a result, we have no income for the foreseeable future, this will not only affect our loyal, hard working staff and volunteers.

“Unfortunately, due to the heavy rainfall that we experienced in Mid Wales throughout 2020, playing opportunities had been limited. Eventually the rainfall stopped, some golf was played and then the coronavirus hit us.”

Without money coming in, the club says its suppliers, course and facility maintenance, and site investment will be affected. Torrential rainfall earlier this year had flooded part of the golf course.

The club added: “2020 has been extremely difficult for us and therefore we are appealing to our members, supporters and friends to assist if at all possible.

“All funds will go directly to St Idloes Golf Club to ensure that we are able to keep things afloat during the crisis. Once this crisis has ended we hope that you will come and enjoy our golf course.”

Within 24 hours of the campaign going live for much-needed funds, the club received £500. “Excellent start and a huge thank you to everyone who has donated so far,” the club said.

“Please help spread the word and help us reach our goal to keep our club functioning in these difficult times.”

St. Idloes Golf Club was founded in 1897 on its present site, which was then the local racecourse and cricket practice ground.

Anyone who would like to show their support for the local business can contact the club directly, visit www.stidloesgolfclub.co.uk or go to the fundraising page: www.gofundme.com/f/st-idloes-golf-club-keep-the-club-afloat.

The course is closed until further notice following government guidelines.